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About the Series:
Sowing Seeds, Reaping Profit is a series of seven case studies featuring innovative Ontario farmers with non-traditional backgrounds. It shares practical production tips, innovative marketing approaches and creative ways to successfully negotiate the myriad challenges that new farmers face in their start-up years and beyond.
Linda Laepple – Laepple Organic Farm
“When I was 20 I came to Stratford and worked for 11 years with a German family. I had started to work for them in 1980, in Bavaria, then their farm was sold for the Munich airport expansion, and they immigrated to Canada. They asked me if I wanted to come with them. I said, ‘Yes, for a year.’ And I stayed for 11 years.We were potato growers in Germany and we got a call from my former boss, who said there is a farm for sale. My husband got the call on Friday, he flew over on Saturday, and the auction was on Monday. He didn’t know a word of English, except yes and no.”